The short version: This one day class is designed for anyone in the process but mostly for designers who may not be doing their own pattern work. It will also be very useful for those who have studied pattern making but do not have industrial experience. Other kinds of training designed specifically to your needs is also available -see this post on rapid product development. Yep, we make it while you wait, soup to nuts.
The focus of the class is everything pattern books don’t tell you. Authors spend a lot of paper and ink teaching you things you’ll rarely if ever do but not the things you should be doing daily. Some of these are mentioned in this entry.
You will learn the standards of production patterns (standards to implement and why), and how to inspect and walk a pattern so you can determine whether the work you’ve paid for is on par. You will leave with a completed production ready pattern and sewn samples made on industrial sewing machines. Basic sewing skills are helpful. If you don’t have my book, you will need to get it as we use it extensively. Depending on interest, classes can be expanded to cover topics of your choosing.
Private instruction is available in our newly expanded Sewing Factory School for a maximum of 15 students but 8-10 is preferred. The class fee for one person is $2150 per day with discounts for 2 or more. For those traveling here (in other words, everybody), I highly recommend the Sandia Peak Motel (ignore disparaging reviews by competitors) which is about half a mile away. If you don’t want to rent a car, we can negotiate on pick up and drop off since the hotel is so close. Transportation to and from the airport is likely but not guaranteed depending on arrival and departure times.
You will need to comply with the dress code to be let in the plant. If you don’t read that or don’t understand that I do mean *you*, you can’t come in and then everybody else will talk about you, maybe for years. Invoices will not be adjusted for the lost time. Speaking of payment, you need to pay a 25% deposit to guarantee your slot and pay the balance two weeks before arrival.
The long version: These classes aren’t scheduled but held by arrangement. Classes are customized so I need to interview people to assess their skills and what they need to get out of it to know whether we’re a match. Content varies but it helps to get the heads up so we’re prepared here. In the case of manufacturers (and or their designers, pattern makers, sample makers), I help them learn the skills their employers want to develop better products. I only do one introductory class (meaning no knowledge prerequisites) for entrepreneurs on production pattern making. That is really all most designers need since they don’t make patterns but I’m flexible.
My seminars and intensive and rigorous, held in my sewing factory (410 Old Coors Dr SW, Albuquerque NM 87121). I interview prospective students at length by phone to get an idea of their needs, learning styles and personalities. Classes are structured according to student personalities and project needs.
- No colognes, perfumes, oils, strong deodorants (AXE makes me ill), scented hairspray, gels or smelly lotions. The guest house is stocked with inoffensive grooming products. I’m serious about this -no scents.
- Cell phones must be turned off unless someone is on a donor waiting list (you can call on breaks). WIFI and computers available for use.
- No open toe or open heel shoes. Shoes must be sturdy with a solid heel suitable for standing on concrete all day. NO HEELS.
- No dangling jewelry or accessories.
- Hair must be tied back or out of the way.
- The factory has a fully stocked kitchen with full size stove, refrigerator etc. Don’t be shy if you haven’t eaten prior to arriving and would like some of my hen’s freshly laid eggs (hens are not at the factory, no animals are on site).
The seminar training fee is $2150 per day for the first student; discounts for subsequent attendees is possible if only one curriculum is needed (classes are highly customized). Since no two classes are the same, it takes time to write curriculum and have it approved by whoever is paying (employer usually, or student). Goals, tasks, exercises and objectives are fully discussed in advance. Developing curriculum and materials takes at east four hours for every hour of class time so you can understand why I don’t do it until needed. You will need to provide materials for use in curriculum development in advance. This will be discussed beforehand.
Facilities and equipment
- 5000 sq ft building
- 3 dedicated sewing lines served with feed rail
- cutting room; 2 -50′ tables
- WI-FI wireless network
- StyleCAD pattern, grading & marking software
- 4′ X 6′ Accugrid digitizing table
- 72″ Ioline pen plotter
- Dual monitor PC workstation
- Synology file server for redundant back up
- Cloud back up
- I-digit photo digitizing system
We’re sustainable! All of our machines are either new with servo technology or have been upgraded to servo, reducing our carbon footprint by 75%. Here is a partial list of the machines we have on site:
- Single needle Adler 271 servo
- 7 -Single needle Adlers 281 servo
- Zig-Zag, Consew 175 upgraded to servo
- 2-Flatlock Merrow Activeseam MB-4DFO servo
- Needle feed, Juki DLN-9010SH servo
- Coverstitch 5 thread Kansai WX-8803D servo
- Buttonhole Siruba BH790 servo
- Bartack, Juki LK1900AHNS (servo)
- Smocking machine, Siruba 33 needle chainstitch (servo)
- 2 Merrow Purl (pearl) machines (servo)
- Hemstitcher, Jap Sew
- 2- Walking foot Juki DNU-1541S servo
- Overlock, 5 thread safety stitch, Reliable MSK-3316N servo
- Overlock, 3 thread Singer, upgraded to servo
- Blind hemmer Consew 817, upgraded to servo
- Single needle Mitsubishi DB-170, upgraded to servo
- Reece welt pocket machine, model 42
- Singer pinch tuck machine, upgraded to servo
- Singer E-stitch (applique) machine, upgraded to servo
- Soabar 275 shade marking system
- 2-48 foot, 72″ wide Philocraft table w/rails
- 2-Eastman Blue Streak 8″ cutting knives
- 3- Eastman chickadees
- Eastman Cloth Drill
- Eastman Thread Marker (type L)
- Over 200 feet of feedrail
- 2-68″ spreaders
- 1.5 liter Boiler Iron (Reliable)
- Blower & vacuum extraction pressing station
- Sussman gravity feed iron
- Hot Steam, gravity feed iron
- button covering machine
- nail head and snap setting kick press
- belt and tie turner (production, manual)
- washer & dryer
- Alvanon full body form (curvy -UK size 12), 2006
- Alvanon squishy form, US size 10, 2012
- Alvanon size 6 child’s full body form, ASTM 2007
- Alvanon size 46 men’s full body form, ASTM 2005
- Alvanon size 20W lady’s full body form, custom 2005
Questions? Contact me:
Apparel Technical Svcs
The Sewing Factory School
410 Old Coors Dr. SW
Albuquerque NM 87121 USA
T: 505-877-1713 C:575-635-8131